Campaign for Action Update: June 23, 2015



Colorado Gives Boost to Rural Nurses

Plaudits from Campaign for Action diversity consultant Barbara Nichols to the Colorado Action Coalition for earning a $150,000 grant from the Daniel and Janet Mordecai Foundation to recruit 10 rural nurses into APRN programs.  Each nurse will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the local foundation. Congratulations to Karren Kowalski, Ingrid Johnson and the entire Action Coalition for making it happen.

Arkansas Proud of Its 40 Under 40

Leadership, service, and contributions: That is what emerging nurse leaders provide, and the Arkansas Action Coalition congratulates its inaugural 40 Under 40 nurses selected for those qualities and more. The honorees “have shown a commitment for excellence …and a willingness to advance nursing in Arkansas,” said Claudia Beverly, PhD, RN, co-lead for the Arkansas Action Coalition and professor and director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing. See the honoree list here.

Campaign Advocates Are Among 2015 Fellows in Academy of Nursing Education

The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) salutes Kenya Beard and Donna Meyer for being selected as two of 22 new fellows at the National League for Nursing’s prestigious Academy of Nursing Education. Kenya, EdD, CNE, GNP-BC, NP-C, ACNP-BC, is on the steering committee of the New York State Action Coalition and chairs the subcommittee on diversity; she is associate vice president for curriculum and instruction at Jersey College. Donna, MSN, RN, is CEO of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and has worked closely with CCNA to promote the goal of academic progression in nursing. Read more about the 2015  Academy of Nursing Education fellows.

See all shout-outs from the Campaign for Action here.

Engaging Nursing Workforce Centers

Action Coalitions engage with over 1,500 stakeholders in organizations and businesses inside and outside of nursing to help sustain their efforts.  One valuable category of stakeholders is nursing workforce centers, which keep a watchful eye on the nation’s supply of nurses to assure we have sufficient numbers to meet the population’s needs.

Learn more about this stakeholder group.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Florida Nurses: Call for Applications – A Statewide Nursing Leadership Development Program

The Florida Blue Foundation in partnership with the Florida Action Coalition seeks grant proposals to advance the goals and objectives of the Florida Action Coalition through the creation of a Statewide Nursing Leadership Development Program.

Deadline to submit a proposal is August 14.

Read about the program.
Apply for the Florida Statewide Nursing Leadership Development Program.

Questions should be directed to:
Phone: 800-477-3736, ext. 63215
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Florida Blue Foundation
4800 Deerwood Campus Parkway, DCC 3-4
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Strong Communications Can Help Your Action Coalition!

Your Action Coalition is doing engaging work: May we help you promote it? Do you need to get the word out about an event, or want help creating materials? What about support in setting up a website to share your accomplishments and get others involved? We can help! The Campaign for Action Communications Team (CFACT) can assist with your news releases, promotional materials, and more, through September. Please email [email protected] and let us know what we can do for you.

Note: Action Coalitions working on their State Implementation Program (SIP) grant announcements should continue to use the process specified by the Campaign for materials review, and Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) projects should continue using existing resources to support their communications work.

Institute of Medicine Seeking Input on Landmark Report
It’s been five years since the landmark Future of Nursing report was published: How has it changed what you do? The Institute of Medicine is seeking answers, and its evaluation committee needs to hear from you. Write to [email protected] about what the report has meant to you and others, and your activities and accomplishments (big and small) related to the report’s eight recommendations. The committee will complete its work by late August, so please weigh in by the end of July.

Visit the IOM committee page for more information about submitting materials.

If you have any Campaign for Action-related questions, please contact Winifred Quinn, PhD, advocacy and consumer affairs director for CCNA, at [email protected].
Leadership Programs to Build a Culture of Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is developing four new leadership programs that reflect the vision to work with others to build a national Culture of Health. The four programs’ working titles are:

  • RWJF Diversity in Health Policy Research
  • RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
  • RWJF Multisector Leaders for Health
  • RWJF New Clinical Scholars

Applicants may submit proposals for more than one program; each proposal will be considered separately.

Applications are now available. Applications are due by July 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

For more information, please go  here.

Campaign Pillars

Leveraging Nursing Leadership

July 7- 8 Nurses on Boards Coalition Meeting

The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) will convene at AARP’s National Office on Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th to monitor the progress of the NOBC’s seven work groups, discuss the budget, website, staffing, organizational structure, communications, and critical operational issues going forward. If you are interested in joining the NOBC or have any questions, please contact Natalie Moulding at [email protected].
Health Resources and Services Administration Seeking Members for Advisory Council

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking at least 16 new members for its National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. This panel provides advice and recommendations to the secretary of Health and Human Services, as well as Congress, about general regulations and policy matters arising in the administration of Title VIII, including the range of issues relating to the nurse workforce, education, and practice improvement.

Nominations are due to HRSA on or before July 15. Please submit the nominations by email to [email protected] or by mail to:
Kristen Hansen
Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce
Health Resources and Administration
Parklawn Building
Room 9-89
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Read the call for nominations here.

Upcoming Webinars

CCNA Webinars

The Center to Champion Nursing in America continues to host a series of technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. Invitations with registration and login information for webinars will be sent separately. To ensure that you receive webinar invitations, please go to, enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.

Wisconsin Center for Nursing Diversity Toolkit for Recruitment and Retention of Minority Nursing Students

Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Barbara Nichols, DNSc (honorary), MS, RN, FAAN – CCNA Diversity Consultant & Wisconsin SIP Project Coordinator; Gloria V. Hawkins, PhD – Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Maichou Lor, RN, MS, PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing.

With the dramatic increase in the diversity of the U.S. population, the nursing profession needs new strategies to better deliver health care. Raising the number of minorities in the workforce to address the changing demographics of patients requires intentional recruitment and retention practices.


  1. Describe evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies of underrepresented students.
  2. Identify health outcomes challenges as a result of historic and ongoing, insufficient representation of minority students.
  3. Promote resources for Action Coalition utilization.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinars of Interest (non-CCNA)

Archived CCNA Webinars:
Creating Coalition Capacity via Membership 2
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Mentorship and Diversity in Nursing Education, Practice and Leadership
View a summary

Creating Coalition Capacity via Membership
View a summary 

Wisconsin’s Diversity Assessment Tool (WI-DAT)
View a summary

Putting Strategy into Action for Seamless Academic Progression

Orientation of New Coalition Leaders: How, Why, What? of Coalition Leadership
View a summary

Using Data Driven Communication to Support Top of License Practice
View a summary

Using the American Community Survey to Describe the Registered Nurse Workforce

View a summary

What Makes an Effective Coalition: Determining Your Coalition Member Needs
View a summary 

Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

AARP Collecting Stories for I Heart Caregivers

8th Annual Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center Conference: Strategies for the Application of Successful Models and Processes

September 17-18, 2015 | Grand Rapids, Mich.

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